Thousands of horse-racing fanatics enjoyed ‘Freedom Day’ on Monday and headed down to Cartmel Racecourse where they watched Barrow jockey Charlotte Jones win the Molson Coors Handicap Hurdle.

Jones, racing for trainer James Moffatt, rode Jelski, who was joint-favourite at 7/2 before the race with Native Choice, as the seven-year-old gelding put an end to a two-year winning drought.

It was a good day for Jones as she also finished second in the Country Refreshments Handicap Hurdle and Campbell & Rowley Handicap Hurdle on Aptly Put and The Steward.

Geraldine McKay, general manager at Cartmel Racecourse, was pleased to welcome 5,000 racegoers to the meeting.



She said: “It was fabulous and it was great to get back to what we do.

“Essentially everything was lifted, so we did not ask anyone to do anything that the regulations didn’t require.

“95 per cent of our events are outside and we have got plenty of space, so people were really happy and it was lovely to see.”